Living Springs presents


The story of the Barton Creek Greenbelt is known by few. For the first time in digital format, we gather together the history of the people and events critical to the preservation of this unique natural resource.

Explore the Timeline

Explore the interactive timeline—rich with archival photos & documents, newspaper clippings and quotes from citizens of the day. The timeline is a deep dive into the history of Barton Creek, connecting common themes from the 1950s up to the present day.

Enter the Map

Encounter the people and places of Barton Creek: artists, scientists, bikers, swimmers, climbers, hikers, cavers, park rangers, all of whom engage meaningfully with the Greenbelt in their own personal ways and on their own terms.

Meet the Stewards

Meet and be inspired by the many Stewards who share their personal stories of sacrifice and stubborn dedication to preserve Barton Creek.

Learn the Story

Discover the highlights and major turning points in Barton Creek history through this insightful essay by environmental journalist Daryl Slusher, himself a major force in Barton Creek advocacy over decades.

Thank You

— City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department —

The Barton Creek Time Stream team Thanks the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department for its support. The WPD protects lives, property, and the environment by reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution.